Going to the beach seems like a great idea until you get there and realise that sea water and sand aren’t great for your tech. Unless, that is, you’ve got yourself one or two of these cool new gadgets that will fend off anything the British coastline can throw at them.
TomTom Bandit Action Camera
The TomTom Bandit Action Camera is waterproof to an impressive 40 metres and boasts a patent-pending algorithm that cleverly corrects your footage under the waves. It also adjusts automatically when you come back up too, resulting in quality video every time. It delivers pin-sharp 4K Ultra HD video and 16-megapixel stills, while a raft of motion sensors ensure that your filmmaking will look smooth, steady and professional. There’s a secure click-and-go mounting system too.
Price: £239.99 | Buy TomTom Bandit Action Camera
Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel
Being by the sea instantly presents you with the quandary of not having any mains electricity. So, keep your gadgets powered up using the Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel system, which can recharge your mobile phone in a very respectable time of between one and two hours. The 7-watt panel can be attached to a backpack too, which means you can recharge on the go while the design is light, flexible and weatherproof and that’s no bad thing when you’re enjoying the unpredictable British weather.
Price: £68.94 | Buy Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel
Proster LCD Digital Wind Speed gauge
This is a hugely practical gadget if you’re thinking of doing anything on the water for any period of time. If you’re a kite or windsurfer then it’s invaluable as the gauge delivers precision readings on wind speed and temperature. The digital LCD screen can be read with ease and there’s a backlight for when the light starts failing or the storm clouds bubble up. The Proster LCD Digital Wind Speed gauge is also pretty handy if you’re into flying drones or simply paddling around the coastline in an inflatable dingy.
Price: £17.95 | Buy Proster LCD Digital Wind Speed gauge
This curious looking gizmo is the Flyboard, which allows you to combine the very best bits of surfing and, erm, flying in one fell swoop. The high-pressure system can get you up to 10 metres above the water and perform all manner of manoeuvres using a combination of funky boots and a small pile of pipework. Oh, and you’ll need a compatible Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Seadoo jetski to plumb all that into in order to provide the propulsion.
Price: £2,583 | Buy Flyboard
Power Jet Board
If regular surfing seems a little too pedestrian then this new Power Jet Board might be an option. The 150cc 4-stroke engine provides the beefy propulsion, there’s an electric start and the board area has a handy non-slip textured surface to help keep you onboard. Reassuringly, there is a kill switch that’ll stop the machine if you take a tumble although it actually seems to be pretty easy to control thanks to the central steering column-type assembly that can be tamed with just one hand.
Price: £4,489 | Buy Power Jet Board
Competition in the action camera marketplace is currently fierce, which means that there are discounts to be had on the dependable GoPro Silver. This model also comes with the touchscreen display too, which means you can capture 1080p video instantly or shoot 12-megapixel stills on the go. It’s also good for depths of up to 40 metres, while built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make the transfer of your content a breeze too.
Price: £289 | Buy GoPro Silver
Floating handgrip for GoPro
This isn’t the most exciting bit of kit that you’ll be taking to the beach but it is, perhaps, the most practical if you own a GoPro. For less than a tenner this Floating handgrip ensures that your action camera won’t permanently disappear beneath the waves if you drop it. A lanyard secures it to your wrist, adding to the safety factor, while the hollow interior offers up storage space for small items.
Price: £9.99 | Buy Floating handgrip for GoPro
Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player
Swimming while listening to music at the same time seems like a fine idea and the Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player lets you do that for less than a hundred quid. Impressively, the tunes will keep playing down to a depth of 7-metres. The rechargeable Lithium-ion battery is good for 7 hours while the integrated clip allows you to secure it directly to your goggles. Music collections in the MP3 and WMA file formats can be stored in the 4GB of Flash memory while the interface is basic but functional, so you can easily pick through your favourite songs in the surf.
Price: £90.00 | Buy Finis Duo Underwater MP3 Player
Sony Xperia Z1
Taking a smartphone anywhere near the beach or sea can be a perilous affair. However, the Sony Xperia Z1 minimizes the risk of damage because it’s got its ports and sockets sealed up and is water and dust resistant within reason. At the same time, the Xperia Z1 features an excellent camera that’ll shoot quality stills and video plus there’s the universal appeal of the Android OS driving things along nicely. What’s more, the screen is great to look at and battery life isn’t bad at all either.
Price: £555 | Buy Sony Xperia Z1
Fire Kids Edition
‘If they break it then we’ll replace it’ says Amazon of its Fire Kids Edition, which is reassuring but this rugged tablet is invaluable if you’re heading down to the beach, whether your offspring are in tow or not. There’s a 7-inch display, Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras plus 16GB of storage, expandable to 128GB via a microSD card. It’ll deliver hours of entertainment in the shape of video, books and games if you, or the kids, get bored and it’ll be pretty handy on the journey there and back too.
Price: £99.99 | Buy Fire Kids Edition